Disclosed Global Data Breaches and Breached Records

Proof Point

Gemalto reported 1,765 global data breaches in 2017 which affected 2.6 billion records, growing 9.7% annually from 1,217 in 2013

Disclosed Global Data Breaches and Breached Records

2013 – 2017 (number of breaches and billion records)

Proof Point Findings

  • Data Breaches – Incidents that resulted in confirmed data access and disclosure by unauthorized parties
  • Incident Growth – Digital security company Gemalto counted 1,765 global data breaches in 2017, 9.7% yearly increase from 1,217 in 2013
  • Doubled Affected Records – Affected records in 2017 almost doubled from 1.4 billion in 2016, despite decline in total number of data breaches globally
  • Most Common Incident – Identity theft identified as largest incident type, accounting for almost 70% of data breaches in 2017, followed distantly by financial data access (16%)
  • Most Affected Industries – Include healthcare (27%), financial services (12%), education (11%), and government (11%)
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include increasing number and sophistication of global cyberattacks and growing volume of data and business processes migrated to cloud





Date Last Updated

July 6, 2018

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